Cooked Penne Pasta, Ground Beef with Salsa Tomato Sauce topped with sour cream, green onions diced tomatoes and cheese

Instant Pot Taco Pasta Supreme

When you take the ever popular, kid favourite TACO's, add comforting, budget friendly pasta, stir in just a LITTLE cheese, and cook it all in the Instant Pot, you've got dinner! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Tex Mex
Keyword Instant Pot Pasta, Quick dinner, Weeknight dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Come to pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 4 cups penne rigate pasta
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups salsa your favourite
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheese cheddar or Monterrey Jack

Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, chopped green onion, diced tomato, sliced black olives, shredded cheese


    • Set Instant Pot to saute on high heat and add olive oil.   Add ground beef and cook 4-5 minutes until cooked.   
    • Stir in chili powder, ground cumin and salt.   Pour in dry uncooked pasta and water, do not stir but make sure all noodles are just covered with liquid. 
    • Next pour in salsa and then tomato sauce last.  Do NOT stir.  This layering ensures that the thicker tomato sauce doesn't get to the bottom and cause a potential burn warning. 
    • Cancel Saute setting.  Turn Instant Pot to Pressure Cook on HIGH pressure for 9 minutes. Place on lid, seal and set steam valve to closed.  When the timer beeps, cancel the pressure cooking, and turn the steam valve to open to do a quick release.  
    • Remove lid, and immediately stir in the layers of tomato sauce and salsa.  Add 2 cups shredded cheese and stir well to combine.  Get all the way to the bottom to get the ground beef well mixed in.  Taste for seasoning and adjust salt if needed.
    • Serve topped with sour cream, chopped green onion, diced tomatoes, sliced olives and a sprinkle of cheese.